Monday, December 22, 2014

Until the End - Review

Until the End (Sea Breeze #9)

By: Abbi Glines

Published: October 28, 2014 by Simon Pulse

271 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Summary:
The backstory that fans have been clamoring for—how Rock and Trisha fell in love—is the final installment in the Sea Breeze series from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines. And don’t miss the sizzling Epilogue, where Abbi wraps up all the Sea Breeze couples’ stories!

Trisha Corbin always knew how to hide a bruise. With her momma’s boyfriends unable to keep their hands off of her, she had no choice. And as long as it meant the guys wouldn’t go near her little brother, Krit, it was worth it. But her days of dreaming that Prince Charming would ever come rescue her are far, far in the past.

Rock Taylor always had a plan. Through football, he would rise above the life he was born into. A full ride to play for a major college team was within his reach—assuming he didn’t let anything get in his way. But scoring a date with the hottest girl in Sea Breeze was proving harder than expected. Trisha Corbin was every man’s walking fantasy, and she wouldn’t even glance his way. 

When Rock finally does get Trisha in his truck, it isn’t for a date. It’s because he picks her up on the side of the road, beaten and bruised and walking to the local hospital. Before Rock knows it, football is no longer his life. Trisha Corbin is. And he’ll do anything to save her. And keep her.

In addition to Rock and Trisha’s love story, this special novel contains the wrap-up stories of all your favorite Sea Breeze couples: Sadie and Jax, Marcus and Low, Cage and Eva, Preston and Amanda, Jess and Jason, Krit and Blythe, and Dewayne and Sienna.
MY REVIEW:
I've longed to read a story about Rock and Trisha - characters that were always in the background of every story in the Sea Breeze series. So to save their story for the very end was perfect in a way. Theirs is by far the shortest story in the series, since half of this book is dedicated to the epilogues of all of the other characters. But before I get into those, let me just say that I was fulfilled with Rock and Trisha's story. You know, that warm, fuzzy feeling of happiness at the end of a story that had the ending you felt it should? That's the emotion I had at the end.

Told from alternating POV's of Rock and Trisha, as well as past and present events, we find out that Rock first meets Trisha in high school. He is the town favorite football player and is on a path that will lead him to a full scholarship at the college of his choosing. Life isn't all roses and candy for Rock though. He has been raised by a single Dad who never really cared anything about him until he became the star athlete. He also has his pick of any girl he wants. And like the stud that he is, he picks them all.

Trisha is the older sister of Krit. The two of them have had a pretty crappy home life, living with a woman who is the step mother of Trisha - and I think she's the mom of Krit (for some reason this was never very clear to me, or I just completely missed it). But she's always bringing low life's around who hit on Trisha and she or the boyfriend's beat her up to the point of breaking ribs. Trisha puts up with it because she doesn't want to be separated from her brother. Rock takes it upon himself to be a friend to them and to protect them. So their story starts with friendship, which as I've said before is a favorite of mine.

As to the epilogue's, I was looking forward to seeing a glimpse into the lives of each Sea Breeze couple, "4 years later". The first couple mentioned is Jax and Sadie, from book one, Breathe. What I didn't like about their epilogue was the type of adversity they are facing. While I don't mind my "happy endings" being strained, because let's face it - that's just real life, I also don't like to see unrealistic adversity given what the couple has already faced. Their adversity in the epilogue is something that was addressed in their initial story: to never believe what you see and read in gossip magazines. In the life of a rockstar there is constantly going to be those who try to print stuff that they've twisted into something else to get publicity. It's often skewed and not true. So why on earth do we see Jax reacting the way he does? It seems way over the top and very out of place after they've been together for 5 years.

The remaining couples each have their own epilogue. Some are happy, others are struggling, but in the end I still get my happily ever after fairy tale ending for all of them. So I'm happy. And I had a big smile on my face at the end. Plus, there's a bonus "10 years later" scene that was PERFECT.

Check out my other reviews from this series:
Book One: Breathe (4.5 stars)
Book Two: Because of Low (4 stars)
Book Three: While It Lasts (4.5 stars)
Book Four: Just For Now (4.5 stars)
Book Five: Sometimes It Lasts (3.5 stars)
Book Six: Misbehaving (3.5 stars)
Book Seven: Bad For You (4 stars)
Book Eight: Hold On Tight - I read this one out of order cause....it's Dewayne, and I HAD to. (4 stars)

I love these Sea Breeze guys! They are a lot of fun to read about. Check them out if you haven't yet!

Favorite Quotes:
"Accept the fact that all I see if you, Trisha Corbin. Then decide what you want to do about it."

"I can't see anyone past you. I haven't been able to for a long time."

Since the moment she sat at that lunch table, laughing with the three people in the world who I considered family, I had known she was it. She was my future.

Just like magic, each one of us had had that someone special walk into our lives and love us enough to fight for us. Life is funny that way. Fate happens, and it's better than what you had imagined in the first place.

Final Rating - 4 stars

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Post #107

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

~No New Books This Week!~

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:
Review - Bad For You (Sea Breeze #7) by Abbi Glines (4 stars)

TUESDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - Until the End (Sea Breeze #9) by Abbi Glines

Sign up for the 2014 Series Ender Reading Challenge ended on 12/15!! I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that joined us this year! I hope you reached your reading goal of those series enders! I didn't quite reach mine. But I definitely made big progress in them and added a few more along the way. 

If you missed out this year, you can participate next year in the 2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge. We host a giveaway EVERY month and a BIG giveaway at the end of the year for everyone that participated through the year. Click on the link above or the button below to learn how to join!

In other news, the family and I went to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Friday night. It was very good, action packed - literally from start to finish. I even shed a few tears. 

On Saturday we celebrated Christmas with my brother and his family who were visiting from out of town. Family time is what I most look forward to during the holidays. 

As many of us celebrate Christmas this week, I thought about this question: if I only had one thing to share with you what would it be? 
Do you know the story of Jesus? A large portion of Christians throughout the world celebrate the month of December as Jesus' birthday. The truth is that we don't know exactly when He was born. The Bible describes His birth in great detail (Matthew 1, Luke 1-2) but the day in which He was born is never mentioned. I would suggest it's because the day he was born is inconsequential. What is important is that he WAS born and his LIFE had purpose - the most important purpose of anyone who has ever lived. If you've never heard about His birth, let me share with you his amazing story.

An angel named Gabriel came to a young Jewish virgin girl named Mary. Mary was betrothed to a carpenter named Joseph. The angel told her she was favored among God, and she would have a baby boy and name him Jesus and he would be the Son of God. During a census of the people that Caesar had called for, Mary and Joseph were traveling on their way to Bethlehem and due to the crowding of people there, they found there were no rooms at the inn. They had to then stay in a place where animals are kept. That night, Mary gave birth to the Son of God, the Creator of the Universe, the King of Kings, the Savior of the World. She named him Jesus, and laid him in a manager - which is literally a feeding trough for animals. Some shepherds who lived in the fields near Bethlehem tending their flocks were awake this night and an angel of the Lord appeared to them telling them the Messiah was born in Bethlehem and they would find the baby wrapped in strips of cloth lying in a manger. Meanwhile, in a far away country, wise men who studied the stars (Matthew 2) talked among themselves how they had seen a new star in the sky. They questioned whether this was the sign they had been looking for - a sign that the new King of the Jews had been born. For many months they traveled following this star until they came to Bethlehem, right where Mary and Joseph were living. They worshiped the child and gave him beautiful and expensive gifts.

Jesus' birth and death were planned before the creation of the world (Hebrews 9-10), so that He might die and be the spotless sacrificial lamb for all people. His blood would once and for all wipe away the sins of man, something that the sacrifices of the blood of bulls and goats under the old covenant could never do (Hebrews 10:4)

Today, you and I can be covered by the blood of Jesus! Just like those who killed Jesus asked Peter upon conviction of their sin (Acts 2:36-41) "what should we do?" and Peter answered them "repent (which is to change your heart and life) and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then God will forgive your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

Do YOU know this Jesus? The Jesus who was born to a young virgin girl named Mary, the Jesus who is the Son of God, born in a manger? If not, read about him, get to know his story and what he's done for you. 

Whether you choose to celebrate Christmas as a spiritual holiday or not, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! Lastly, enjoy listening/watching this video. I love this song's message - not to mention Pentatonix is just amazing.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #79: Stone Cold Touch


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
Stone Cold Touch (The Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout:
Teasers: "But there is so much you don't know or understand," he said, tilting his head so that his words brushed the lobe of my ear, sending a shiver down my neck. "So don't claim to know what I really want or what I would do to protect it."
(Loc 66%, 314 of 459)

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bad For You - Review

Bad For You (Sea Breeze #7)

By: Abbi Glines

Published: April 1, 2014 by Simon Pulse

288 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Innocence was never meant for the addictive… 

Addiction was something Krit Corbin accepted as part of his nature a long time ago. He decided to embrace it and flip his finger at the rules. Women had always been the number one thing on his list of addictions. He couldn’t get enough. Being the lead singer in a rock band had only made access to his favorite addiction that much easier.

Being alone was the only thing Blythe Denton understood. The small town minister’s family that raised her hadn’t accepted her as their own. The minister’s wife had always made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. When Blythe is sent away to college and given a chance to finally be free of living as an unwanted burden, she looks forward to having peace in her life. Being alone isn’t something that bothers her. She escapes reality in the stories she writes.

However, the ridiculously sexy tattooed guy who keeps throwing parties in the apartment above hers is driving her crazy. For starters, he doesn’t treat her like she would expect a guy with a different woman always hanging on his arm to treat someone as uninteresting as her. She looks nothing like the gorgeous women she sees parading in and out of his apartment, but for some strange reason he keeps showing up at her door.

During a party at his apartment, Krit’s new neighbor comes to the door with her long brown hair pulled up in a messy knot and a pair of glasses perched on her cute little nose. She wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay.

Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet. And Blythe Denton realizes too late that she’s finally been claimed.
MY REVIEW:
Some stories you connect more to than others, and some aspects of a story immediately make it a more enjoyable read for you than others. For me, hot, tattooed rockers is a favorite! This whole series has the same theme pretty much - boy (bad boy typically but not always) meets troubled girl. Things are rocky, intense and hot. There are secrets on one or both sides, which drive them apart for a time.

So if you get bored with that theme then I could see you giving these books a lower rating. But seriously - how surprised by that repeating theme are you?! Most NA books do have this same theme which manifests itself in various ways with varying struggles and elements. It's just part of the package. My advice for people who read these NA contemporary romance books expecting something different than that and then rating it low is to NOT READ THEM! (But I suppose this is a pet peeve of mine for another time...)

HOWEVER, if you find yourself like me, KNOWING that's going to be the theme before reading any NA contemporary romance, then you'll just enjoy the ride along the way and this series will be thoroughly enjoyable and fast reads for you.

Book 7 of Sea Breeze follows bad boy rocker, Krit. He's the lead singer for Jackdown. He is in one word a manwhore. He doesn't deny it. He has an obsession with women. Yet we love him anyway. He meets shy and naive Blythe, his downstairs neighbor, and he sees that she could use a friend so he does that. He becomes her friend and through their friendship his feelings for her deepen. For me that's the best kind of romance story - friends first who grow to love each other. It gets me every single time. (Probably because that was my own love story)

One small annoyance for me with this story is that Krit has an addictive personality due to how he was treated as a child. Unfortunately this book never elaborates on what those reasons are beyond that. I would've liked to have gotten into his head a bit more regarding that.

Check out my other reviews from this series:
Book One: Breathe (4.5 stars)
Book Two: Because of Low (4 stars)
Book Three: While It Lasts (4.5 stars)
Book Four: Just For Now (4.5 stars)
Book Five: Sometimes It Lasts (3.5 stars)
Book Six: Misbehaving (3.5 stars)
Book Eight: Hold On Tight - I read this one out of order cause....it's Dewayne, and I HAD to. (4 stars)

I love these Sea Breeze guys! They are a lot of fun to read about. Check them out if you haven't yet!

Favorite Quotes:
It was becoming a habit. That was all. Nothing more. I was not addicted to her. I wasn't. Just a nice little distraction.

...kissing Krit made my body go into a wild frenzy of feelings that made me lose my mind. It was explosive.

Final Rating - 4 stars

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sunday Post #106

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~PURCHASED OR FREEBIES~
Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Buy Link: Amazon

Have No Mercy (Cambion #4) by Shannon Dermott
Buy Link: Amazon

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:
Review - Misbehaving (Sea Breeze #6) by Abbi Glines (3.5 stars)

WEDNESDAY:

THURSDAY:

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - Bad For You (Sea Breeze #7) by Abbi Glines

First things first - don't miss out on winning a book of your choice in my Best of 2014 Giveaway! This ends 12/18.

Next, be sure to enter to participate in the 2015 Series Ender Reading Challenge cohosted by myself and Somewhere Only We Know. We have a giveaway EVERY month of the year and a BIG giveaway open to everyone who participates through the year in December. You DON'T want to miss out!! Who among us doesn't have series enders we plan to read?!? 
Sign up HERE, or click on the button below.

So, my week was not the best, though admittedly could've been far worse. My youngest got sick with the flu on Tuesday and was out of school the remainder of the week. Thankfully she seems to be on the upswing of that but the cough is terrible! Thanks to a preventative dose of Tamiflu my oldest and I hope to bypass getting sick as well. We've got quite the busy week ahead with class holiday parties, Christmas band concerts and helping my kids study for end of 9 week exams.

Hoping you all stay healthy this week! Happy reading!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop

The hosts of the Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop this year are I Am A Reader & Bookhounds. This giveaway lasts from December 11th to December 18th.

My giveaway is open only in the U.S.A and is for one print book or eBook of your choice, valued up to $10.

Of the 77 books I've read so far in 2014, only 25 have made it into my "favorites" list. Of those 25, I'm narrowing it down even further to give you my top 8 2014 Favorites (so far). 

Check out my reviews of each book to learn a bit more about why it was a favorite of mine by clicking on the book title.

1. Bitter Sweet Love (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
2. Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
3. Push by Claire Wallis
4. V is For Virgin (#1) by Kelly Oram

5. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
6. State of Emergency (Collapse Series #1) by Summer Lane
7. Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers 
8. The Horde Without End (The World Without End #2) by Nazarea Andrews



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Waiting on Beautiful Redemption


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Each week bloggers participate to share a book they can't wait to get their hands on.

This week I'm waiting on:

Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers #2) by Jamie McGuire
Expected Publication: January 27, 2015 
Preorder Buy Link: Amazon

Although I haven't yet read The Maddox Brothers #1: Beautiful Oblivion, I KNOW I'm going to love these two as much as the Beautiful series books!

What are you waiting on this week?
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